Canadiens 5 – Flyers 3

The Habs played their third and final road game before returning to Montreal for their home-opened on Wednesday as they visited the rival Philadelphia Flyers in the hopes of at least some small payback for last season’s second round defeat in the playoffs. Carey Price got the start for the Canadiens after Jaroslav Halak had an impressive outing in Toronto on Saturday.

Andrei Kostitsyn opened the scoring in the second after a scoreless first period as he fired a well-aimed wrist shot past Philly goalie Martin Biron, giving the Habs a 1-0 edge. Carey Price made save after save throughout the first 20 minutes as the Flyers worked for chances in close and he was finally beaten only two minutes after the Kostitsyn goal as Jeff Carter one-timed a pass from Scottie Upshall with a laser that slipped past the glove side of Price. Less then two minutes after that Mike Richards bombed another slapshot past Price, this time on the powerplay, to give Philly a 2-1 lead going into the third.

By the time we were 2:02 into the third the Habs had potted an early goal from Roman Hamrlik as he completed a nice pass from Alex Kovalev and a crazy bouncing marker as Mike Komisarek’s point shot was deflected past Biron by a Philly stick, putting the Habs up 3-2. Robert Lang finished up on an excellent effort by Sergei Kostitsyn to make it 4-2 before the Flyers answered back a minute later with Simon Gagne cutting the lead to 4-3. The Flyers pulled Biron late in the game and Steve Begin managed an empty-netter, giving Les Habitants a 5-3 victory – and no small bit of satisfaction.

GAME NOTES: Sergei Kostitsyn continues to play very well, will be interesting to see how he develops this season. Carey Price was fantastic, stopping 29 of 32 shots and keeping the Flyers off the board when it counted despite several quality chances.

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